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By:Rick Tufts
Dates:2/8/2011 - 2/8/2011
Album Info:This is a walk through the areas where the original NS operated in towns of Aberdeen, and Pinehurst NC. These tracks were pulled up in the early 70's, but I remember where these lines used to run when I rode with the NS crews.
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Branch off the main
Title:  Branch off the main
Description:  This picture is where the original NS used to branch off and go to the "sand pit."
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 5:54:00 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
Author:  Rick Tufts
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Remains
Title:  Remains
Description:  The crosstie is is where iwas left many years ago, I placed the gauge rod there. It was laying off to the side of where the tracks used to be.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 5:55:41 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Discarded
Title:  Discarded
Description:  A section of disgarded rail
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 5:56:57 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Road bed passes by...
Title:  Road bed passes by...
Description:  I'm standing on one of many variable roadbeds NS used as they came in to the pit. The wood in the foreground serves as a bulkhead for the roadbed.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 5:58:18 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Chevy truck
Title:  Chevy truck
Description:  This is a 1946 or 47 Chevrolet that was left behind, maybe when the sand company pulled out way back when.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 5:59:37 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Bulkhead for the roadbed
Title:  Bulkhead for the roadbed
Description:  You can see in the background, the wooden bulkhead that was used by the railroad to support the roadbed.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:06:13 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Roadbed remains
Title:  Roadbed remains
Description:  This shows where the dirt roadbed used to run just before it entered the sand pit.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:08:32 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Building remains
Title:  Building remains
Description:  Seen to the right is the foundation that the sand company used for many of its operations. There were several more foundations in this area. The track used to be to the left pf these small pines.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:09:18 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Wash out
Title:  Wash out
Description:  The roadbed can be seen running ahead of this picture. This was one of the reasons the roadbed was ever changing. Washouts and of course the widening of the pit from digging.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:10:28 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Dragline cable
Title:  Dragline cable
Description:  Seen here is a section of dragline cable. I remember seeing many draglines operating in the pit, to load the string of sand hoppers NS would shove in.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:11:05 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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The pit...
Title:  The pit...
Description:  Today, the is The "Pit" Golf Links in Aberdeen NC. The track used to run in the area near the big pine on the left, continued all the way around to made a right turn and ended in the area, center of this picture. Way back there, about where the lowest pie trees are back there at the back. The areas to the right of this picture was dipped out by drag lines and as the pit was claimed, the raodbed was shoved over to the left as time went by.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:18:29 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Following the cart path
Title:  Following the cart path
Description:  The track came in about where the dirt path takes off in the center of this picture. This is looking back twoards the main. The picture labeled The "Pit" Golf Links is behind me in this picture.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:19:19 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Tee markers
Title:  Tee markers
Description:  As you can see, The Dan Maples Group, who built The Pit Golf Links, stuck to the railroad motiffe. Here, an anchor clip shows the tee box marker. Other markers for differerent players are the crosstie spike, bridge timber screw.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:20:57 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Freight station
Title:  Freight station
Description:  This is the freight station that used to sit in Pinehurst. It sat next to the Pinehurst Hardware in the open lot in pictures to follow. This fronts ACW main just outside Aberdeen NC today, some 5 miles from its original location.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:22:02 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Old code lines
Title:  Old code lines
Description:  Moving North from The Pit Golf Links, this shows the old code lines that used to run from Aberdeen NC up to Asheboro NC... hince the Aberdeen & Asheboro. The first operators of this line in the late 1890's.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:23:12 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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More old roadbeds
Title:  More old roadbeds
Description:  This is looking North, seen in the background is the ACW main. This side track used to parallel highway, eventually cross highway 5 to another, smaller sand pit.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:24:22 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Roadbed continues
Title:  Roadbed continues
Description:  This pictures shows the roadbed as it winds around towards highway 5. You can barely make out the roadbed shoulders on both sides in this picture.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:25:17 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Roadbed continues
Title:  Roadbed continues
Description:  You can barely make out the dirstion of the roadbed here. I dug out a 1916 tie plate not for ahead of this picture location.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:39:17 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Remains
Title:  Remains
Description:  You can see the remaining rail sticking out of the ground, where in the previous pictures...the roadbed used to cross
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:40:15 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Another pit used by NS
Title:  Another pit used by NS
Description:  This is looking across highway 5, showing another sand pit that NS used until no more sand could be utilized from this location. The rail sticking out of the shoulder of the road..previous picture, is almost in line with the larger green bush next to the building. You can see the cracks in the asphalt at the white stripe where the rail is seen.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 6:41:25 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Brick foundation
Title:  Brick foundation
Description:  Seen here, are the remains of a peach packing house. In the left background, left of the large pine, you can see the other end of the foundation. Packing peaches for rail service was big business in this location.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:14:50 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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More foundation
Title:  More foundation
Description:  Here is another shot of the brick foundation with the remains of the wooden header. Bet these could tell some tales. Highway 5 is seen in the background.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:16:18 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Now in Pinehurst
Title:  Now in Pinehurst
Description:  This shot shows the empty trestle pocket in Pinehurst. This was the "coach yard" lead and it looked much like the current ACW trestle seen here. The yard lead went maybe another 75 to 100 yards from here, then back to the main. If you can see the white stake in the distant background, that is where the lead went back to the main.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:16:53 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Old rail date
Title:  Old rail date
Description:  This is a piece of 1913 rolled rail that is in place near the ACW trestle in Pinehurst. Not sure what the reason for it though. Boundary marker maybe??
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:37:04 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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The white building..
Title:  The white building..
Description:  This is the original site of the Pinehurst Hardware. Notice all the bay doors on the building.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:41:05 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Freight atation...
Title:  Freight atation...
Description:  This is where the blue colored freight station, shown previously down in Aberdeen, used to site. The grown over track in the background supplied the freight station and the hardware..aka.. the white building
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:41:46 PM
Location:  Aberdeen, NC
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Coach yard
Title:  Coach yard
Description:  The sandy, open area to the right here is where the coach yard used to be. There were 4 tracks here and spread from the main over to the rear of the autos shown here. About where the red colored car sits, used to be a greasy spoon grill of sorts. The yellow speed resrtiction sign behind the green and white van is where the coach yard lead ran North and crossed over the trestle.. from previous pictures.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:42:51 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Water tower
Title:  Water tower
Description:  I remember climbing on the long gone water tower. The wooden 4 x 4 seen in the lower right of this frame is where a water tower used to be. It has these 4x4 timbers around it, ballast and this larger diameter steel pipie, with a swing over tube at the top. It was braced up and the top portion swung out over the main seen here. I used to climb on that and watch the gray NS GP38's, 18's and red Baldwins chug by. Me and my Brownie camera. This single 4x4 and bent over timber screws are all that's left. I tried to uncover this timber before I took this picture. Couldn't uncover much of it.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:43:29 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Spur lead through this parking lot
Title:  Spur lead through this parking lot
Description:  NS had a spur lead that ran from the trestle in Pinehurst and angled around and passed through this parking lot. It ran behind this white Chevy van and continued over to the distant stop sign in the far background.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 7:43:58 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Old spur roadbed
Title:  Old spur roadbed
Description:  You can see the old roadbed in the center of this frame. To the left is the Pinehurst (NC) Country Club. The first fairway for the #2 course where the men's US Open Golf Tournament has been played and again in 2014. The track center line was pretty much in line with the orange utilities cone.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:00:02 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Looking North. The roadbed continued as it paralled highway 2 on the left and #2 golf course on the right. You can barely make out the roadbed location, but the power poles are about where the track used to run.
Title:  Looking North. The roadbed continued as it paralled highway 2 on the left and #2 golf course on the right. You can barely make out the roadbed location, but the power poles are about where the track used to run.
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Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:00:52 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Grown over roadbed
Title:  Grown over roadbed
Description:  The roadbed came here and crossed Cherokee Road in the far background, this street.. Everette Road and continued on to the power plant and lumber yard. You can make out the roadbed by the lower tree line in the center of this frame. Yes, that house on the right was close to the track when they were in place. The trellace is about the right hand rail was located. My house is to the extreme left of this frame, not visible.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:01:51 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Old roadbed ...
Title:  Old roadbed ...
Description:  Looking away from the Everette Road crossing.. previous picture, this dirt road ran paralle to the track. You can make out the lowered roadbed to the left of this frame.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:02:53 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Old stick of rail
Title:  Old stick of rail
Description:  This section and a half of rail is what NS used to operate on this spur line. The action roadbed is where the whiter sand is, seen in the background and ran right to left in this frame. I can now understand why the red 6 axle Baldwins derailed when they came down this spur.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:04:03 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Rail still in place
Title:  Rail still in place
Description:  You can see another stick of rail through the undergrowth here. This is where the track used to be, as compared to the previous stick and a half picture.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:05:14 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Another street crossing
Title:  Another street crossing
Description:  Here, the track crossed Dundee Road in Pinehurst. A switch was about where the under road culvert is in the background. To the left, the track continued about another 1/8 of a mile and dead ended on an elevated trestle at the power plant. There, coal cars were dumped in different bins according to coal chunk sizes. Fuel oil was also off loaded to large above ground tanks, which were below the trestle system. Also at this switch, to the right it ran about the same distance over to the lumber yard.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:06:19 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Power plant / trolley house
Title:  Power plant / trolley house
Description:  This arched doorway is where the Pinehurst Trolley used to operate out of. The building itself is part of the now defunct power plant. Coil and fuel oil were used in the plant to supply the hotels and ceratin homes in Pinehurst with steam heat. In the wonters, we as kids could tell where the steam lines ran all through town, by the nice warm steam coming out of ground boxes.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:07:16 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Trestle support
Title:  Trestle support
Description:  This is one of three remaing (standing) restle supports where coal and fuel oil cars were spotted for unloading. The power plant is seen at the left.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:08:40 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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The second of three trestle supports.
Title:  The second of three trestle supports.
Description:  This is the second support for the trestle. As kids we used to come down here and play in the coal piles. Man, did we ever get our butts beat when we got home all dirty and sooty.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:09:49 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Part of the plant
Title:  Part of the plant
Description:  Here is a portion of the plant and treslte in Pinehurst. Kudzu has about taken over the entire building. There used to stand a large brick smoke stack about the center of this frame.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:12:06 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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Lumber yard
Title:  Lumber yard
Description:  The spur, spur... once it split from the power plant lead, came over and crossed McCaskill Road shown here. To the left is part of the remaining lumber yard. Note the bay doors along the side of the building. There still stands a lumber drying kiln..not in this picture, but to the far right of this frame. It is used as a shop for a landscape company nowdays.
Photo Date:  2/8/2011  Upload Date: 2/8/2011 8:12:45 PM
Location:  Pinehurst, NC
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